Preventive Potions

 An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This saying resonates immensely with mothers. One of the most difficult things that a parent has to face is taking care of a sick child. We have all dealt with cough and colds, fevers, flu, asthma and a host of other illnesses. But what happens when there is no cure for your child’s ailment? Case in point- dengue.  In the first three quarters of 2016, the Department of Health reported  84,000 cases of dengue in the country and out of this number, 372 people died.


Born Out of  Love and Necessity

In 2012, friends Marga Nograles and Celine Gabriel-Lim  decided to put up Kiele to address their own needs for an effective deterrent to insect bites. “As a mom of three, I’m always concerned about my children getting insect bites and the dangers that come with that, specifically dengue. Celine has sensitive skin and is quite prone to them, too,” shared Marga.  “We tried many brands in the past. Some would work but were full of toxic ingredients. Some smelled good but were inefficient.”

Celine & Marga

The Women of Kiele – We want to make the world safer and more beautiful one product at a time.

Unsatisfied with what was available in market, the two women thought of creating their own anti-mosquito spray.  The idea was to make no less than a product that  was efficacious, all natural and one that had a distinctly unique fragrance. It took the women more than a year to achieve this. “The process involved numerous trials and errors.  We sourced our scents from France and worked closely with local  fragrance experts to come up with a product that met both our meticulous standards. And that’s how Kiele’s anti- mosquito cologne was born.”


Origin and Philosophy

 Marga and Celine chose Kiele (a french name) for the brand as an ode to the french origin of their fragrance. Later they discovered that Kiele also means “fragrant blossom” in Hawaiian which turned out to be pretty apt description.

The business partners confess to being  the biggest fans of their products. To date there are two eau de toilette: the Kiele Anti-mosquito Baby Cologne and Chibelli Alcohol-free Baby Cologne (not anti-mosquito). Also available is the Kiele Green Tea  Anti-mosquito Room Spray which leaves your house smelling fresh but also keeps those pesky insects at bay.  All are backed by the brand’s par excellence philosopy which is comprised of 3 A’s : anti-mosquito, contains  anti-harmful chemicals and is  acceptable for all ages

Kiele products

Kiele products are anti mosquito, anti-harmful and acceptable for all ages.

What’s next for the brand?  “We are definitely planning on expanding our categories as we continue to create products that are all natural and safe for consumers.  Next in line is the Kiele Skin Correcting Powder which is a cosmetic wonder! It not only blurs imperfections and creates a perfect matte finish but also heals and protects as it is loaded with anti-acne and anti-aging properties,” enthused Marga.

Now available! Achieve the perfect matte finish as you heal your skin. A staple in my make-up kit.

Now available! Achieve the perfect matte finish as you heal your skin. A staple in my make-up kit.

For a brand that started out as a personal undertaking, Kiele now has a solid fan base that’s consistently growing.  I was all but ecstatic when I discovered it. The nightmare of having both my kids in the hospital because of dengue last August (yes, they form part of that alarming statistic) still haunts me. Today, I spray the anti- mosquito cologne on my children everytime they leave the house. The packaging is very handy too and fits comfortably in my daily bag. It’s also very reasonable priced.

Another plus is that for a minimum order, the owners can customize the bottles in the design of your choice. I absolutely loved the bottles with The Busy Queen P logo that Marga just made for me! These perfect blend of protection, prevention and light perfume in a bottle makes wonderful gifts.

Kiele x The BQP! Love my personalized bottles.

Kiele x The BQP! Love my personalized bottles.


For orders, you may call the Kiele hotline 0307 8621 and look for Tonette.  Kiele is also sold in the following stores: The Echo Store, Tart Tatin (Rockwell) and Nothing But Water.

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The Gold Treatment

Beauty experts say that women should start taking care of their skin as early as their 20’s.  Sunscreen, moisturizers, day and night creams – these are our bestfriends.  Starting young will reap great benefits in the future,  so I’ve read.  When a woman reaches her thirties, more products have to be applied and the importance of quality of sleep comes in.  We do get busier with every passing year.   I will admit to being  decades late in heeding the aforementioned .  I’m a bathe-and-go girl.  I don’t like to fuss with my hair  and have even less time to memorize what product to put on my face during  what part of the day.  My inaction, of course, has resulted to some skin problems.


The Orogold Standard

I was introduced to Orogold products and treatments by a friend.  During one of our lunches, I commented on how her skin looked so radiant.  She did not have any make-up on, by the way.   Curious and because I’ve been noticing two lines on my forehead when I squint, I decided to visit the Orogold Cosmetics boutique in Century City.

Orogold Vitamin C Cleanser

24K Vitamin C Cleanser – This product is enriched with vitamin c and submicro-meter sized gold particles. I love the way it smells on my skin! It removes make-up, dirt and excess oils.


“Skincare is something every woman must embrace.  It’s a must to have even just a basic daily regimen.  You can’t expect to have glowing skin if you don’t give it the proper nourishment,” says Marie Claire Ortega, Mall operations and Marketing Manager of Orogold Cosmetics.   “Our specialists are all trained to examine the skin of our clients before recommending which products and treatments to avail of.”  I try to wiggle my way back to my old excuse ,  “I’m so tamad (lazy) to put products on my face.  Is there a quick fix?”  She laughs at me and urges me to try their “very basic” products .  A year later this reluctant user is a believer and a convert.


Orogold Deep Peeling Gel

24K Deep Peeling Gel – Dry cells are removed to reveal youthful skin. Designed to polish the skin without stripping vital oils. I use this every two weeks or when I have a big event to attend


Skin Like a Queen’s

All Orogold products have gold particles in them. Gold has long been known for its beautifying properties. Did you know that ethereal beauty CLEOPATRA was said to have slept in a mask of gold to preserve her youth?  Using  the latest in technology, a new collection has been introduced to the market whoch  allows us to experience  Cleopatra-like luxury via the 24K Cleopatra Nano Regimen.

The indulgent pampering  included applications of serums,  creams,  gold sheets and facial massages.  After my treatment,  my skin felt refreshed, tight and baby soft.  What I liked about these new system of beauty skin care is that my skin had the same suppleness weeks after.   You can opt to have the treatments done in the boutiques or enjoy an ultimate spa day at home!

Invest in your skin !  Here I am trying out the Cleopatra Nano Regimen treatment at the Orogold Cosmetics VIP lounge.

Invest in your skin ! Here I am trying out the Cleopatra Nano Regimen treatment at the Orogold Cosmetics VIP lounge.

Orogold Cleopatra Nano Regimen

24K Cleopatra Nano Regimen- Indulgent, transforming and delivers immediate and long-lasting results.


One thing I seem to have done right over the years is that I’m a big water drinker.   Now I know that if we add lemons to water, the benefits multiply.  Nobody wants to grow old before their time.  Therefore, it’s a must to take care of our bodies, regardless of our age, so that we can put on our best faces everyday!


Visit  Orogold Cosmetics at G/F of Century City Mall or L2  Midtown Wing, Robinsons Place Manila.  Orogold Exclusive is located at G/F Newport Mall, Resorts World.

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